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Leader invites non-party members to represent Pendle Tories
CONSERVATIVES in Pendle are relaxing their recruitment procedure for prospective councillors in a bid to attract people from ‘all walks of life’.
Traditionally, only local Tory members have been encouraged to apply, but Coun Joe Cooney, said the council should be run by ‘anyone who wants to serve the public, not the just the usual stereotypes’.
He said: “I want people from all walks of life to be elected as Conservative councillors.
“They don’t have to have had an active interest in the party before, but as long as they share our values, and want to make Pendle and their local community a better place then we’ll throw the kitchen sink at getting them elected.” Coun Cooney, himself elected only two years ago, says there has been a shift in the diversity of candidates, and he wants to do more to promote that.
“In the past few years we’ve had nurses, teachers, engineers, Tarmacers as well as business owners and retirees stand for us in Pendle,” he said.
“This is a marked change, and we want to continue this. We want people who will serve for Pendle, not political gain.
“This isn’t about being a lifelong Conservative. The most important thing for me is that people want to do their bit for the area, and improve Pendle.
“Those are the people we need, the ones who want to make a real difference.
“We’ll only have the trust of the people of Pendle if they have the chance to be part or the decision process or if their neighbour down the street is a councillor.”
The party will field 16 candidates in the 2014 Pendle Borough Council elections.
Anyone who is interested in getting involved should contact Coun Paul White on 07866 684531, or at email@example.com before the end of this month.
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